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Print your own triple-axis tourbillon (trust me, it’ll be cool)

812749e1a307f38fd0a88b54bea55ff2_preview_featured In the world of horology there are few things fancier than the tourbillion and there are few things extra fancier than a triple-axis model. Originally invented by Abraham Louis Breguet, the tourbillion was a modification designed to ensure that a watch would keep good time in any number of positions – in a pocket, on a desk, or jostling around in a bag. It does this by spinning… Read More

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John Biggs

July 21st

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The Yamaha LL-TA Guitar turns a lonely little room into a concert hall

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 1.05.15 PM “Well you’re in your little room,” wrote the bard. “And you’re working on something good. But if it’s really good you’re gonna need a bigger room.” With the Yamaha LL-TA you can have just that. The $1,600 Yamaha LL-TA – the TA stands for Transacoustic – is an acoustic guitar with a built-in effects processor and actuator that augments… Read More

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John Biggs

July 19th

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New technique lets you fold flat metal or plastic into a 3D shape

120006_web A computational design tool created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology lets you fold a piece of metal or plastic into a “complex 3D shape” like a mask or even a shoe. “We’re taking a flat piece of material and giving it the tendency, or even the desire, to bend into a certain 3-D shape,” said Keenan Crane, part of… Read More

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John Biggs

July 18th

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Dish’s $30 remote control will listen when you talk

IMG_5816 Soon we’ll all be mumbling to everything in our homes, calling up microwave popcorn and vacuum cleanings like befuddled Scotties in the Voyage Home. Until then Dish is giving us the option of chatting with our TV remotes with the new $30 Voice Remote. The squat remote has a button on the side that activates voice commands like “Watch ESPN,” “Record this,” or… Read More

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John Biggs

July 15th

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Nintendo’s new magic

L1000433 In the early morning hours I pad down the hallway in my grandmother’s ranch-style home in Martins Ferry, Ohio. It’s June 1986. I’m eleven years old and still in my pajamas. The house has cooled overnight and it’s even a bit chilly but as the sun rises the dark roof will warm up and grandma will send me into the basement or to the library across town. Until then I can… Read More

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John Biggs

July 13th

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The Segway MiniPRO balances fun with utility

scaled-5809 The hoverboard wars are all but over with casualties on either side. Swagways, Segaways, Wamboards, and Zoomers have all been relegated to the back of the garage and now that most of these things are recalled and new ones can’t be sold. There is a vacuum forming in the “dumb little Segways for your feet” category so enter the granddaddy of two-wheeled locomotion, Segway,… Read More

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John Biggs

July 12th

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The Segway MiniPRO balances fun with utility

scaled-5809 The hoverboard wars are all but over with casualties on either side. Swagways, Segaways, Wamboards, and Zoomers have all been relegated to the back of the garage and now that most of these things are recalled and new ones can’t be sold. There is a vacuum forming in the “dumb little Segways for your feet” category so enter the granddaddy of two-wheeled locomotion, Segway,… Read More

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John Biggs

July 12th

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Art Mécanique kickstarts a mechanical watch with a few high-tech trimmings

ff97b5e32f6a48ead938e1c242f5d87d_original There is, to be sure, nothing new under the horological sun. However, by putting all of the old pieces together in new ways you end up with a watch that is both interesting and unique. Art Mécanique is a Swiss company that is crowdfunding a watch with a face made of concentric circles. The bottom half of the face is covered by a metal plate and you tell the time by looking at the top of… Read More

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John Biggs

July 7th

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Light-powered microbots could deliver drugs directly to our bloodstream

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 9.08.46 AM Sticking tiny robots into your body sounds fun but what happens when those robots run out of battery and start to explode? While this may not always be the case, it could happen. Luckily researchers at Hokkaido University’s Department of Chemistry have created a crystalline assembly that moves autonomously when exposed to blue light. This means you can simply flash lights at these… Read More

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John Biggs

July 7th

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Björk will wear 3D-printed masks in upcoming shows because Björk

BjorkDigital_Tokyo_NeriOxman_Photocred_Santiago_felipe_dezeen_936_6-1-906x604@2x Singer Björk has commissioned a set of wild 3D-printed masks for her upcoming shows. These masks, made in conjunction with MIT’s Mediated Matter lab and Stratasys, are called Rottlace and have a strange, hairy quality thanks to advances in 3D printing filament and new printing techniques. Professor Neri Oxman lead the team that made the masks. “I am so incredibly blown away by… Read More

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John Biggs

July 1st

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